Teaching Kids to Cook on Their Own (& Easy Nut Butter Cookies)

easiest nut butter cookies

When I left home at 18 years of age, I could bake shortbread cookies and make scrambled eggs (in the microwave!). And nothing else. It was a sad state to be in. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few things since then and have even managed to teach my own children to cook. I didn’t really know […]

Menu Plan: A Week of Crock-Pot Meals

crock on ebook

This week is going to be busy, so I’m using my crock-pot for dinner every day! At least, that’s the plan. I have high hopes for this strategy. Here’s hoping I remember to turn on the crock-pot on! (I’ve been known to forget.) Monday Tinga (already cooked, just warming in the crock-pot) Tuesday Family-favorite Potato […]

Sanity Saving Tip: Don’t make dinner at dinner time!

When is the best time to cook dinner?

As a newly wed, I tried to make dinner around 5pm every night. It just seemed like the thing to do. Then we had kids. If you have children, you are probably aware of the evening crazy hour; that time of night when kids (and parents) are likely to lose it. Preparing dinner during that […]

Hamburgers Kids Can Make

hamburgers kids can make

The past year I have been blessed with a daughter who has taken off in the kitchen. It is such a help and quite honestly, I’m still amazed at the things she can do! Last night she made burgers. The burger patties are baked in the oven, so there is no need to worry about […]

Menu Plan – July 22 – 28, 2012

meanu plan monday

Today I am spending a little time in the kitchen cooking ahead. I’m hoping to get a jump start on the week in order to make meal times less hectic! Plus, I have more free time when lunch and dinner only take a few minutes to put together. That’s always nice. Below I’ve listed our […]

Quick and Easy Veggie Tortilla Wraps Recipe

quick and easy veggie tortilla wraps

I recently remembered making these little veggie bundles a few years ago. They were tasty, but it took forever to chop all the vegetables. Now, I’ve wised up and created a much faster preparation method. Which means these will show up on the menu more often. These are essentially vegetarian burritos. They remind me of […]

How to Eat More Veggies Without Changing Your Diet Drastically

How to eat more veggies without changing your diet drastically

Most of us could use a few more vegetables in our diet. But there’s so much washing and chopping, they can often get overlooked. Today I’m sharing some tips for adding more vegetables to food you are already cooking. In this post my goal to give you some ideas for increasing your veggies intake without […]

Real Food Snacks for Kids – 45 Ideas!

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My kids are hungry all. the. time. Are yours? Having enough healthy snacks on hand makes a difference to the tone of my home. It’s a struggle to stay on top of snacks sometimes. especially when your striving to provide good ones. If you need ideas, check out my post at Keeper of the Home. […]

Birthday Giveaway #3: Plan It, Don’t Panic {Meal Planning eBook}

Plan it

I’m a firm believer in meal planning. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that menu planning will help improve the level of peace and joy in your home. Think about it: The kids are hungry, your husband will be home from work soon, and you have no idea what to make for […]

Culinary Uses for Lavender

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If you were intrigued by the idea of adding lavender to shortbread cookies, you might like to read my post at Frugal Granola today: Culinary Uses for Lavender. In this post I share a few ideas for incorporating lavender into some of the dishes many of us already prepare such as brownies, cookies, and lemonade. […]